The Nigerian Poet, Michael Akuchie, Wins 2019 – 2020 Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award

Author of the micro-chap “Calling Out Grief” (Ghost City Press, 2019) and a final year undergraduate student of English and Literature at the University of Benin – Michael Akuchie wins the Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award for 2019 – 2020 for his poetry manuscript, Wreck

“Wreck features sharp language and images and a reaching towards God that filled me with wonder and spiritual fulfillment. The poems are excellently crafted and each one sings.” – José Olivarez.

Michael Akuchie’s Wreck was selected by the poet José Olivarez,  author of Citizen Illegal and a recipient of the 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. On Akuchie’s manucript, José Olivarez writes: “Wreck features sharp language and images and a reaching towards God that filled me with wonder and spiritual fulfillment. The poems are excellently crafted and each one sings.” 

The Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award comes with a monetary grant of $1000 to the winner and publication of the winning manuscript and a fellowship of between 6 and 8 weeks: all from Hellebore Press and HUES Foundation.

Congratulations to Michael Akuchie, we can’t wait to read this book.

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